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Fijian Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama’s 2013 Easter Message

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

For Fiji’s half a million Christians, there is no more important verse in the entire Bible than this extract from the Gospel of John – Verse 3, Chapter 16.

Easter is the most solemn festival on the Christian calendar – the pain of Christ’s Crucifixion closely followed by the triumph of his Resurrection.

Good Friday is a time of intense reflection on the part of  Christians everywhere as they recall God’s sacrifice in having sent his Son, Jesus, to redeem us through his suffering and “take away the sins of the World”.

On the third day – Easter Sunday – sorrow is replaced by joy as Jesus rises from the dead and fulfills God’s promise of eternal life.

The other religions in Fiji join their Christian brothers and sisters in commemorating this Festival, just as Christians increasingly join their Hindu, Muslim and other neighbours in commemorating their religious Festivals.

Irrespective of our personal religious beliefs, we can all rejoice in the central message common to all religions of love, tolerance and compassion.

This weekend, we come together as a nation to remember God’s love for all of us.

Jesus said: “Love one another, as I have loved you”. It is the most wonderful commandment, which every one of us must strive to keep.

I wish you all a Happy Easter.


Prime Minister Bainimarama Sends Congratulatory Message to Pope Francis

Holy Father,

On behalf of the multi-racial and multi-faith population of Fiji, I send our warm and sincere congratulations on the occasion of your succession to the seat of St Peter as Bishop of Rome and head of the Catholic Church in the world.

We in Fiji joined the rest of the Christian world in celebrating the appointment of the first Latin American Pope and hope that your tenure will be marked by a renewed focus on the struggle of the developing world to address the challenges of poverty eradication, child mortality, education and gender equality amongst other issues.

We are aware of your work amongst the poor and marginalised in the Diocese of Buenos Aires and recognize and welcome your particular sensitivity to social problems and for ecumenical dialogue.

As you have requested in your first message to the world, we in Fiji will also be praying for you in the challenging task that awaits your Pontiff.

It is my honour to convey the sincere good wishes and prayers of the government and people of Fiji on this auspicious occasion.

Yours sincerely,

Josaia V. Bainimarama
Prime Minister, Republic of Fiji